Senior Caran Arora strikes a backhand. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

Senior Caran Arora strikes a backhand. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

It was a superb end to the regular season for the men’s squash team as they took down nationally ranked Virginia and NESCAC foe Connecticut College to finish the regular season on a four-match win streak and move to 9-6 on the season thus far.

In the final home weekend of the 2015-16 campaign, the ‘Cats handled the Cavaliers 8-1 while blanking Conn. College 9-0, with every member of the team winning in straight sets. Also over the weekend, senior Ahmed Abdel Khalek won his 54th and 55th consecutive matches, as he defeated Mason Blake of Virginia and Brendan McClintick of Connecticut College.

Senior co-captain Caran Arora continued his hot streak, as he defeated both opponents he faced in straight sets. For Arora, Saturday’s victories were his fourth and fifth in a row, dating back to Navy on January 17.

The underclassmen also had a successful weekend for the team. The trio of freshmen, Coley Cannon, John Cannon and McLeod Abbott, notched important victories as they capped off their first collegiate squash regular season.

Up next for the team will be the NESCAC Championship Quarterfinals at Trinity College, which will take place this weekend.